The CLASS Center hosts regular intellectual events. These include “workshares”, where faculty and graduate students share work-in-progress. They also include public lectures by UW faculty and visitors from other institutions. We also provide CLASS Grad Fellows professionalization workshops aimed at developing key skills in publishing, grant acquisition and conducting research amongst our graduate students.  If you wish to share your work with the CLASS community or participate in the workshops, please contact the CLASS Center Director, Professor Katherine Beckett (

Workshare: CLASS Grad Fellow Heather Evans

Legal Consciousness and ‘Invisible’ Disability

Friday, April 24th 11:30-12:30 SMI 40A (NOTE: earlier time than usual)

Workshare: CLASS Grad Fellow Tiffany Grobelski

Reconciling the biophysical and the legal: The promise and peril of procedural rights mobilization

Friday, May 8th 12-1:30 SMI 40A

Grad Fellows Research Presentation Workshop

Short conference style presentations from participants in the year long CLASS Fellows Writing Group.

Monday, May 18, 3:00-5:00pm, Gowen 1A (Olson Room)

Law & Society Association Meeting Events

LSA Annual Meeting May 28-31 Westin Hotel Seattle : panels, meetings and events

LSA CLASS Center Happy Hour: Thursday, May 28, 5:00-7:00pm, location TBA

UW Local Reception Saturday, May 30, 6:45-10:30pm: Harbor Boat Tour/Reception

Mayerfeld book manuscript discussion (co-sponsored with Center for Human Rights)

The Architecture of Human Rights: Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law

Friday, January 16th, 3:30-5:30pm, William Gates Hall 447

Workshare: Prof. Megan Francis

The Price of Brown v. Board: The Garland Fund, the NAACP, and the Erasure of Criminal Justice

Friday, January 23, 12-1:30, SMI 40A

CLASS Grad Publishing Workshop

Friday, January 23, 1:30-2:30, SMI 40A

Workshare: Prof. Angelina Godoy

Making Meaning of Violence: Human Rights and Historical Memory

Friday, February 6, 12-1:30, SMI 40A

Workshare: CLASS Grad Fellow Bryce Newell

Visibility, Reciprocity, and Resistance: The Role of Wearable Cameras and Public Disclosure in Re-crafting the Image of Policing

Friday, February 27 12-1:30 SMI 40A

CLASS Center Fall Welcome and Reception

Friday, October 3, 3:30-5:30pm

Petersen Room, Allen Library, 4th Floor

CLASS Grad Fellows Socio-Legal Grantwriting Workshop

Friday, October 17, 3:30-4:30pm, Smith 40A

CLASS Grad Writing/Presenting/Publishing Group

First Meeting: Monday, October 20th, 4:00-5:00pm, Smith 40A

It is very important that you come to this first meeting as we will be organizing the group and the schedule for the year. If you can’t make it and you are interested, please email me so we include you in subsequent meetings.

What to bring: Please bring an abstract with you of the paper you would like to work on throughout the year. Also come with your schedule in mind so we can organize subsequent meetings.

Prof. Kristin Goss, Duke University (in collaboration with the Scholars Strategy Network)

The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know

Thursday, October 23, 11:30-1:00, Petersen Room, Allen Library (4th Floor, Room 485)

Abstract: No topic is more polarizing than guns and gun control. From a gun culture that took root early in American history to the mass shootings that repeatedly bring the public discussion of gun control to a fever pitch, the topic has preoccupied citizens, public officials, and special interest groups for decades. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know delves into the issues that Americans debate when they talk about guns. With a balanced and broad-ranging approach, Kristin A. Goss and co-author Phil Cook thoroughly cover the latest research, data, and developments on gun ownership, gun violence, the firearms industry, and the regulation of firearms. The authors also tackle sensitive issues such as the effectiveness of gun control, the connection between mental illness and violent crime, the question of whether more guns make us safer, and ways that video games and the media might contribute to gun violence.

Prof. Goss also has time to meet with anyone who is interested on Thursday, October 23, from 1-4 pm. Please contact Jake Rosenfeld for more info.

For more on Professor Goss and her work, please click here.

Inequality Talks: times/location TBA (job talks in November)

Workshare: Prof. Steve Herbert

Police Ethnography and Police Accountability: Complementary or Contradictory Missions?

Friday, December 5, 12-1:30pm, SMI 40A